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A proposal to begin traffic studies at three major intersections in the Town faced a little opposition from a Farragut elected official at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s meeting

Thursday, Feb. 10.

The traffic studies will help determine if signals should be placed at Campbell Station Road and Campbell Lakes Drive, Campbell Station and Sonja Drive and at Kingston Pike and Newport Road and Thornton Drive.

The contract doesn’t include a study at the Farragut High School entrance on Campbell Station, which has garnered a lot of attention in recent months.

“I’m just wondering what that’s going to show us,” Alderman Bob Markli said.

FHS principal Michael Reynolds has refused to open the FHS driveway at Campbell Station until the Town either constructs an island prohibiting left turns from FHS or puts in a traffic signal.

The Town has opted to put in the island.

“We’re not going to get an adequate picture [of traffic conditions] once that island goes in,” Markli said.


Town Engineer Darryl Smith said Farragut’s engineering department could place out tube counters to measure traffic themselves once the island goes in.

“Since this discussion began, I have felt there would be a very low number of left turning vehicles there,” Smith said.

Reynolds approached the Board about installing a light at the FHS driveway late last year.

Farragut’s Board said a traffic count would have to be done to see if the intersection has enough traffic to warrant a signal. Reynolds said he wouldn’t open the driveway to do the count unless a traffic signal was installed first.

That’s the catch-22 that led the Board to agree to constructing an island that would prohibit left-hand turns.

That island also virtually eliminates the need for a traffic study, since the island basically eliminates the need for a traffic signal.

Not to mention the fact the driveway still is closed.

Markli conceded Reynolds was “intractable” about opening the driveway without either an island or a signal, but said, “I feel like we’re changing the deal.

“I was very disappointed [with the driveway closure] because we wouldn’t be able to get an accurate picture” of traffic, Markli said.

However, he remembered the last discussion proceeding until “it was determined a competent engineering firm who does that professionally would be able to determine, based on the number of people at the school and the traffic patterns ... whether or not a traffic light was warranted,” he added.

Mayor Ralph McGill pointed out this contract — which was awarded to Cannon & Cannon, Inc. for $16,800 in a unanimous vote — didn’t preclude another traffic study from ever being done at FHS.

“But these three intersections are pretty obvious and need to be studied,” McGill said.

Markli conceded that Town staff could do a traffic count about a month after the island is constructed.

“I’m good with that,” he said.

Markli moved to accept the traffic study contract; Alderman John Williams seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

 

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